Deputy President William Ruto’s allies from the Mt Kenya region have finally broken their silence issuing one tough demand to the second in command should he want to ascend to power ahead of the 2022 general election.
This is after his close associates from the region called for his change of strategy should he want to ascend to power and succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Kenya’s fifth President after the expiry of Uhuru’s time next year.
Led by Tharaka Nithi Senator Professor Abraham Kithure Kindiki who challenged the Deputy President to spearhead the formation of a coalition with his newly linked house, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) to increase his chances of clinching the top seat.
Speaking during a press conference, Senator Kindiki noted that it would be difficult for the DP to win the Presidency without chatting a formidable coalition with the region’s political parties ahead of the 2022 duel.
The outspoken Tanga Tanga legislator argued that the democratic stability can only be achieved by a broad based coalition government like that formerly displayed by retired President Mwai Kibaki.
“I know my friend DP Ruto has said that he is not interested in coalition-making, but the diversity of the Kenyan society requires a coalition government,” Kindiki told pressmen.
His words were echoed by former Tharaka Nithi County boss Samuel Rangwa who reiterated that in coalitions, the second in command will be welcoming a variety of views from the divergence.
The former County chief pointed that owing to how a number of his allies suffered for supporting him, he stood a better chance forming a coalition government in the next polls.
The DP on the contrary has been on the record on numerous occasions shunning possible coalitions, while terming them “conduits of tribal politics”.
He went on to challenge the One Kenya Alliance leaders and the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga to form National Parties, aimed at uniting Kenyans ahead of the general election.
“They must first dismantle their ethnic-based parties and form a national outfit the way we have done it.
“That is why we have come up with an economic model that will take the country back to the growth path,” stated Ruto, while praising UDA’s hustler movement.
Dr. Ruto’s words come barely a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM’s Raila and OKA leaders Gideon Moi (Kanu), Moses Wetangula(Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) recently met at State House Mombasa.